THE Australian Maritime Safety Authority detained the containership Thorstar at Port Botany on 2 September.

The vessel was then directed to the White Bay Cruise Terminal (devoid of cruise ships) for repairs without unloading any of its cargo.

At the time, a spokesperson for AMSA told DCN the vessel was detained for “defective cargo securing arrangements” and “failure of the vessel’s safety management system to ensure the effective maintenance of the ship and its equipment”.

“AMSA takes a zero-tolerance approach to sub-standard ships operating in Australian waters and will continue to work with the operators of Thorstar to address the identified defects,” the spokesperson said.

After repairs were carried out and AMSA released the vessel from detention, it berthed at Port Botany on 14 October to unload its cargo, six weeks after it was due.

Thorstar is a 2826-TEU containership, built in 2003. The vessel was on TS Lines’ China-Australia II (CA2) service.